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The Oxford English Dictionaries have their own blog and this piece on it is worth reading, entitled


7 grammar myths you learned in school


In fact whenever people write about grammar they are really writing about politics or philosophy. And philosophy (he starts sentence with conjunction) is really, as Nietzsche taught us, disguised psychology.

In fact, it reminds me that I heard Harold Macmillan in his maiden speech in the House of Lords make his analogy between nannies and economists.
It is quite true, many of Your Lordships will remember it operating in the nursery. How do you treat a cold? One nanny said, 'Feed a cold'; she was a neo-Keynesian. The other said, 'Starve a cold'; she was a monetarist.
He could have been speaking about grammarians. Some are strict and some relaxed. Though as we know, you should feed a cold - and starve a fever.

With English grammar there are things that are done and things that are not done and there are even ways of doing the things that are not done. But split infinitives almost always sound awful. You don't have to be a clerico-fascist to know that. 

Am I the only one who tries reasonably hard to use will and shall correctly but doesnt do so automatically. E.g. I say or write 'I WILL' and then correct it to 'I shall' all the time?

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